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    had been working / has worked

    1. ''He had been working for more than 8 hours.''

    2. ''Two days ago, he has worked for more than 8 hours.''


    Firstly, what is the difference between them?

    Secondly, I want to know whether the first one is useful in general and it is natural.


    Thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: had been working / has worked

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorkem Atay View Post
    1. ''He had been working for more than 8 hours.''

    2. ''Two days ago, he has worked for more than 8 hours.''


    Firstly, what is the difference between them?

    Secondly, I want to know whether the first one is useful in general and it is natural.


    Thanks a lot.
    Hello, Gorkem Atay.
    Well, your second sentence should be in the past tense:
    'Two days ago, he worked for more than eight hours.'

    Your first sentence, which is in the past perfect progressive/continuous tense, is grammatically correct.
    However, you need some context to use it.

    I hope my response will be of some help to you.

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    Re: had been working / has worked

    Hello tzfujimino,

    ''He is still exhausted because he has worked for more than 12 hours yesterday.''
    What about this sentence, can I use perfect tense? Because his tiring work effect is still continuing and it is defined in the sentence.

    And, what kind of context does my first sentence need, would you mind giving me an example please?


    Thanks,
    Last edited by Gorkem Atay; 19-Jul-2014 at 19:52.

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    Re: had been working / has worked

    Quote Originally Posted by Gorkem Atay View Post
    Hello tzfujimino,

    ''He is still exhausted because he has worked for more than 12 hours yesterday.''
    What about this sentence, can I use perfect tense? Because his tiring work effect is still continuing and it is defined in the sentence.

    And, what kind of context does my first sentence need, would you mind giving me an example please?


    Thanks,
    You should try to put sentence #1 into a context you think is appropriate, the we will comment on it. In your new sentence, the perfect tense is inappropriate, we know that his exhaustion is continuing because you have said "He is still ehausted..."

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    #5

    Re: had been working / has worked

    For the sentence #2

    (the person A knows that the person B works in a very very tiring work six days a week)

    A: Why don't you come with us and exercise now?
    B: I can not, I have worked extra long time yesterday.

    Am I right now?

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    #6

    Re: had been working / has worked

    No, whenever you include a time in the past ("yesterday"), you do not use the present perfect.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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